Word of the Day 


paroxysm 

  
: noun1 : a fit, attack, or sudden increase or recurrence of symptoms (as of a disease) : convulsion 2 : a sudden violent emotion or action : outburst 

Examples:

Though he seldom loses his temper, his occasional and unpredictable paroxysms of anger are legendary among his colleagues. 
“Today, for National Hot Dog Month, I rank the 25 best hot dog places in the state…. Hot dog purists may go into pickle-fueled paroxysms of paranoia, aghast that several legends … are not on this list.” — Peter Genovese, The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), 27 July 2015

Did you know?

Paroxysm didn’t just burst onto the scene recently; its roots go back to ancient Greek. The word ultimately derives from the Greek paroxynein, which means “to stimulate.” Oxynein, a parent of paroxynein, means “to provoke” or “to sharpen” and comes from oxys, a Greek word for “sharp.” (That root also underlies the word oxygen.) In its earliest known English uses in the 15th century, paroxysm denoted agitation or intensification of a disease or its symptoms. (A still-used example of that sense is “a paroxysm of coughing.”) Additionally, paroxysm soon took on a broader sense referring to an outburst, especially a dramatic physical or emotional one.

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